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Design 055 Ballast Feedback

I was delighted to get the following email from the owner of a Design 055 – Le Rat d'Eau – sailing off the coast of Brittany, France:

"Have sailed quite a lot recently on my own and with others.  With my son-in-law and grandson we sailed from Fouras to the N. tip of Ile d'Oléron and back - on the way back on a broad reach, not reefed, the wind got up to force 4+ with 4ft. waves. My son-in-law, who is a very experienced sailor, was very impressed with the way she sailed.

Whereas previously (before ballast) she would heel quite dramatically to gusts, losing wind and power, she now stands up much better and 'drives on'. GPS showing up to 9 knots.

Have had similar experiences myself when single handed - on a broad reach in a force 3 yesterday - very comfortable at 7 Knots (with tide admittedly)."

Fouras to the North tip of Ile d'Oléron is about 10 -12 miles across Pertuis d'Antioche (The Straits of Antioch) in fairly open Atlantic waters, which is quite a substantial trip for a 15' open boat, so I am really pleased that the extra ballast has had such a good result.


Great feedback indeed! Have you yet detailed how the additional ballast is fitted to the 55?
Date posted: Sunday, 08 Sep 2013 | posted by: deborah

It is, isn't it!

I haven't done a drawing yet, but I will be doing one and adding it to the 055 plans package.
Date posted: Thursday, 12 Sep 2013 | posted by: debenriver

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